v) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Expressing a wish or choice.
- Of, relating to, or being a mood of verbs in some languages, such as Greek, used to express a wish.
- Designating a statement using a verb in the subjunctive mood to indicate a wish or desire, as in Had I the means, I would do it.
- The optative mood.
- A verb or an expression in the optative mood.
Middle English optatif
, from Old French, from Late Latin opttvus
, from Latin opttus
, past participle of optre
, to wishOTHER FORMS:opta·tive·ly(Adverb)